Blasted out of solid rock cliff by three Creede miners, construction of the museum began in 1990. County-hired laborers and volunteers completed the remaining work, including rock removal, cribbing, rock batting and cement work. The miners and volunteers created 600 feet of drift with 22 displays, a gift shop and the Creede Community Center.
Though the Underground Mine Museum had never been used for the commercial production of silver, the spaces were 'mined' from solid rock and are an authentic example of the methods and techniques used in the 'boom' days of the silver rush in Creede. There are many examples of mines and mining communities along the Bachelor Loop which is a 17 mile off-road drive in the historic mining district north of Creede.
Learn about the hsitory of mining techniques, stopeing, blasting, blacksmithing, mucking, and assaying through the following tours:
Guided Tours: Led by retired miners who explain equipment and methods of mining.
Audio Tours: Take your time with a self-guided headphone tour.
Underground Mining Museum 503 Forest Service Rd #9
P.O. Box 422
Creede, CO 81130